My last photo, as I predicted, was the worst performing photo I have posted to Instagram in several years in terms of likes. HOWEVER, it also got more comments than any photo I have ever posted. That was very inspiring to see so many people who are in agreement about the state of Instagram. The cultural apocalypse has happened and we are living in a Kardashian wasteland, but there appears to be some survivors. We will need to find each other to try and rebuild civilization. ⠀⠀⠀
This photo was taken at the Palace of Sans Souci in Haiti. The history of Haiti and the Haitian Revolution is a fascinating one. It was the only truly successful slave revolt in world history.
The Sans-Souci Palace was built between 1810 and 1813 for King Henri I. Not only was the the first King by that name, he was the first and only king in Haitian history, period.
The palace was built at great cost to Haiti and in 1842 it was severely damaged in an earthquake. The palace was never rebuilt and was left to become ruins. ⠀⠀⠀
Today, the ruins of the palace are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are part of the landscape for the people who live nearby.
When I visited in 2015, we were at Sans Souci in the late afternoon when kids were walking home from school. Young school girls in Haiti tend to wear very large ribbons in their hair, and these girls were on the steps of the palace, walking home from school.
It was one of those photos where I knew immediately that I had something special. It only lasted a moment, but I managed to get the photo in the few seconds they were on the steps.
This photo went on to win the Gold Medal in the People category in the annual Muster Travel Photography competition.
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